Psalm 14:1-3; Matthew 5:43-48; 18:32-35; Romans 3:9-10
“Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
Jesus shares a parable about two men and their very different prayers. One man, the Pharisee, congratulates himself in his prayer for not being a sinner. He then goes on to talk about all of the religious activities that he participates in. The other man, a tax collector, could not even lift his eyes to heaven because he knew how unworthy he was to even look at heaven. His prayer was a declaration of his unworthiness of God’s mercy. The truth Jesus taught through this parable is the truth that we are all undeserving of God’s great mercy, yet God still gives His mercy to us.
God Is Just – God Gives Mercy
Every decision that God makes is perfect and completely just. He is a good judge who cannot and does not allow evil to go unpunished. This means that God must punish injustice. The problem that we all face is that we are unjust sinners. We deserve justice. God’s justice is why we need a substitute, and He sent Jesus to become that substitute. Instead of justice, those who place their faith in Jesus receive mercy.
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